by Sarah J.F. Braley | December 01, 2005

Colin Rorrie

Colin Rorrie of MPI

In January 2006, Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International will launch the first two phases of its new MPI Member Solutions, designed to help planners determine where they are in their careers and how to reach their professional goals.
    To be unveiled at the Professional Education ConferenceNorth America in Charlotte, N.C., are My Professional Pathways and the My MPI website, along with other services. The association’s main home page also will get a new look.
    My Professional Pathways will be a web-based self-assessment and development tool through which planners will be able to identify the skills they possess and pinpoint what they need to learn to move on or up. My MPI will offer education and other content specific to the individualized career path, plus an archive of articles from the organization’s magazine, The Meeting Professional, that fit the user’s profile, along with an industry calendar and more, all free for members.
    “Our industry has perfected the tactical execution of meeting planning, but now it’s time to work more strategically and take our industry to the next level,” said Colin Rorrie, Ph.D., CAE, president and CEO of the association. “It’s time to define meetings management as a true profession backed by a body of knowledge, standard job descriptions and trained professionals who have a lifetime of professional advancement opportunities.”
    Planners will be encouraged to complete the skills assessment portion in January; some of the data collected will be used to help chapter leaders plan educational offerings at the local level. Planner members also will be urged to complete a profile at the new site to help MPI direct personalized content to their My MPI pages.
    Services to be unveiled later will include the ability to customize the My MPI home page with news and topics of specific interest to the user, opportunities to serve as a mentor, and other new resources and features.
    Ultimately, added Rorrie, “governments and universities worldwide will consistently recognize meeting planning as a profession. [It] will become a career of choice, not chance.”